Kurt Baasch collection
Scope and Contents
The Kurt Baasch Collection is made up of three series housed in three boxes. Series 1 contains correspondence to Kurt and Isobel Baasch from Paul Strand, Rebecca Strand, Alfred Stieglitz, Grace Mayer, Julien Levy, and The Camera Club of New York City.
Series 2 contains biographical materials of Paul Strand such as original and photocopied newspaper and magazine clippings related to Strand’s films and photography.
Series 3 is made up of contact prints made in 1994 by CCP staff from Baasch’s original negatives.
- Baasch, Kurt (1891-1964) (Person)
Language of Materials
Material in English German
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Kurt Baasch, born in 1891 in Venezuela, grew up in Germany where, at the age of fourteen, he began photographing. By 1909 his work was included in a major exhibition in Dresden. Baasch moved to New York in 1911 where he met and was befriended by Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Strand. Baasch’s vision was boldly original; he was fascinated with modern city life and by the camera’s ability to weave together realist and abstract concerns, facts, and ideas. Baasch died in 1964.
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Personal papers and photographic materials, 1916-1994, of Kurt Waldemar Baasch (1891-1964), photographer, ceramicist, and horticulturalist. Includes letters from Baasch’s friends and associates — Paul and Rebecca Strand, Hazel Strand, Alfred Stieglitz, Julien Levy, and Elizabeth McCausland — as well as clippings related to the films and photography of Paul Strand.
The Collection is arranged into the following series:
- Series 1: Correspondence, n.d., 1916-1971, 1 box
- Series 2: Biographical materials of Paul Strand, circa 1940-1990, 1 box
- Series 3: Photographic materials of Kurt Baasch, 1994, 1 box
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was a gift of Herbert Baasch and Olga Baasch Vrana, the photographer’s children, beginning in 1992. Additional materials received in 1995.
Preliminary inventory prepared in August 1992; revised March 1997, September 1998, and 2008. Finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan in May 2016, again by Alexis Peregoy in 2019, and again by Tai Huesgen in 2020.
- Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Department of Film (Organization)
- "291" (Gallery) (Organization)
- Kurt Baasch collection 1916-1994
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